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Portland Paints: Pop Artist, FreshGhost’s, “Freshest” Work

Self-taught Portland artist, FreshGhost, finished this painting of Hunter S Thompson on Sunday, guys. Talk about “fresh”.

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And of course,  there’s more “fresh” (as in cool, dope, hella dope, 🔥— you get the picture) work where that came from…

 

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FreshGhost is a self-taught artist currently living in Portland, Oregon USA. His paintings are done with acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Much of his work up until late 2013 had been a progression of geometrical improvised art done freehand with the occasional use of a compass for circles. More recently he has also been experimenting with stencils made from photographs and painting in a minimalist pop art style. The paintings are numbered rather than titled as a way to leave them open for interpretation. 
 

For more information on FreshGhost and his art; visit his website, follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook.

Thanks again to FreshGhost for sharing.

 

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She’s Gotta Have It: 10 Paintings Inspired By Women & Pop Culture

Well-traveled artist, music exec, and producer, Otha “Vakseen” Davis III, shares with us his love of women, identity, and popular culture in these ten paintings. 

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“She’s Gotta Have It”

I’m invigorated by women, popular culture and the value of self.

Otha %5C%22Vakseen%5C%22 Davis III-Ribbon In Her Eyes 24x18%5C%22 %28Acrylic%29 2014
“Ribbon In Her Eyes”
Otha %5C%22Vakseen%5C%22 Davis III-Crock Tearz 40x30%5C%22 %28Acrylic%29 2014
“Crock Tearz”
Otha %5C%22Vakseen%5C%22 Davis III-Eyes Wide 40x30%5C%22 %28Oil x Acrylic%29 2014
“Eyes Wide”

My paintings deal with the theme of female identity and evolve around society’s idolization of beauty…

Otha %5C%22Vakseen%5C%22 Davis III-Gaudy Me 48x36%5C%22 %28Acrylic%29 2014
“Gaudy Me”
Otha %5C%22Vakseen%5C%22 Davis III-Lecherous Tastes 40x30%5C%22 %28Acrylic%29 2014
“Lecherous Tastes”
Otha %5C%22Vakseen%5C%22 Davis III-Brilliant Dope 21x21%5C%22 %28Acrylic%29 2014-1
“Brilliant Dope”

The enhancements women endure to obtain this level of “perfection”…

Otha %5C%22Vakseen%5C%22 Davis III-Madam Renaissance 40x30%5C%22 %28Acrylic%29 2014
“Madam Renaissance”
Otha %5C%22Vakseen%5C%22 Davis III-Open Virtue 48x36%5C%22 %28Acrylic%2C Pencil%29 2014
“Open Virtue”
Otha %5C%22Vakseen%5C%22 Davis III-Tainted Lusts 40x30%5C%22 %28Acrylic x Color Pencil%29 2014
“Tainted Lusts”

And the impact this has on the female species. 

If you want to see more from Vakseen; visit his website and tumblr, follow him on twitter, and find him on IG. Oh, and don’t forget Facebook.
Special thanks to Vakseen for sharing.
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Brittanie Renoj Is One “Bad” Photography Mama

I heard from mommy photographer, Brittanie Renoj– a freelance photographer/blogger with a baby in one hand and Nikon in the other. Based in Los Angeles, her work captures LA city life through a young mother’s lens (and it’s not what you expect).

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Gold gun
Gold gun
4 guys and a band
4 guys and a band
Blue line collection
Blue line collection

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More art.
More art.
Art. Art. Art.
Art. Art. Art.
dax live
dax live

For more information on Brittanie Renoj and her photography, visit her website, and follow her on IG and Twitter.

Thanks again to Brittanie for sharing her talents.

 

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Art Of The World: Peek Inside The Studio of Argentine Artist, Estela Cuadro

I received a surprise message from Argentine artist, Estela Cuadro, who wanted to share with us her day in the studio. So let’s talk art, music, and inspiration from Buenos Aires–her words, her story.

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Alucinógeno 1

When I start my day in my studio, I want to listen to some music… It nourishes my imagination, it motivates me.

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Alucinogeno 2
Chamanismo
Chamanismo

…I feel pleasure in that.  I feel like I never want to stop doing this. It´s part of my life.

Cómplices
Cómplices
Constelaciones
Constelaciones
Copete
Copete

When I begin a new artwork I used to use a special cardboard that allows the pigments and water to react in a special way; giving textures, shapes, deformations and then letting my imagination act freely.

El Banquete
El Banquete
Eminencia
Eminencia

I used lots of techniques, like pencil, small coal and oil. Especially when I was young.  Nowadays I like to use more than one technique at the same time, and make different results.

Encantamiento
Encantamiento
Encuentro Desencuentro
Encuentro Desencuentro
Entre Perros y Gatos
Entre Perros y Gatos

I use India ink with salt, and I let them act freely on the support. I use other things to generate texture, and I use oil painting, pencils and pens to realize details.

Giran Soles
Giran Soles
Levitando
Levitando

If I had to pick a style for my art,  it would be quite difficult. Perhaps I associate my work with surreal art.  My characters and their environment have nothing to do with reality.

Los Años No Vienen Solos
Los Años No Vienen Solos
Magnético
Magnético
Nevado
Nevado

The distorted reality is part of my inspiration, my contacts and my experiences. My artwork is based on the unconscious – all associated with my dreams, relationships & with life itself.

Saltando en El Ocaso
Saltando en El Ocaso
Serie Mujeres Coquetas
Serie Mujeres Coquetas

I don´t try to tell stories in my artwork. My work isn’t the realization of an illustration for a story, book or magazine (with a text behind the artwork).

Serie Mujeres Coquetas
Serie Mujeres Coquetas

There are always ideas or suggestions (of a story) but it’s not a literal sort of story. I take fun in other people’s freedom in interpretation.

Serie Otra Mujer Coqueta
Serie Otra Mujer Coqueta

I feel that it is important to feel total freedom without restriction and without much precise meaning. I like to leave the interpretation of each piece to each person, you can get carried away like I do in every piece of art. 

Supergalactico
Supergalactico

I think each work has something special, they are part of my “games”, my pleasures. 

Suprahumano
Suprahumano

When I talk about a “game” in relation to my work as an artist, I mean that’s the way that I have fun with the characters, animals and plants when my playfulness arise. You’re letting it flow! So you have to let go of the restrictions and really play with everything that is created, generating a new and unique artwork.

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I would say that the (core) passion about art, is to feel free, to have your mind open to all the things new that can appear.

Thanks,

ESTELA CUADRO

For more information on Estela Cuadro and her art, visit her Tumblr page and follow her on Facebook.

Thanks again to Estela for sharing her story.

 

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A Pop-up Market in the Heart of L.A.’s Skid Row

I hit up downtown LA for the LA CANVAS x Love Nail Tree: 6th Street Market–a pop-up market featuring a variety of fashion boutiques and shops. Below are pics from the event which took place at the Warehaas in the heart of skid row. If you’re not familiar with the area– google it.

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Homemade in Los Angeles. Miss Wax http://misswax.com
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Reminds me of 1. The Simpsons; 2. Odd Future; 3. Randy’s Donuts [Miss Wax misswax.com]
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“Testing the limits of style with a not so typical accessory line.” — Miss Wax misswax.com
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Olde Good Things. The coolest antique store in LA…and NYC.. and PA oldegoodthings.com
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Crate full of glass lanterns… I think [Olde Good Things oldegoodthings.com]
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Nice turnout at the Warehaas
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Love Nail Tree jewelry 👌 http://lovenailtree.com
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6th EDI T ION
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Love NAIL Tree… get it?
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“Let Peace Take Flight” [Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com]
Live Nail Tree bracelet
Love Nail Tree bracelet

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The detail 👌[Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com]
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Camera [Love Nail Tree]

Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com
Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com

Bird ring [Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com]
Bird ring [Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com]
A little smaller than a pocket watch [Love Nail Tree]
A little smaller than a pocket watch [Love Nail Tree]

Love Nail Tree http://lovenailtree.com
We will change the world with the stories we tell
We Will Stand Tall [Love Nail Tree]
We Will Stand Tall [Love Nail Tree]
The Mission
The Mission
More tops
More tops
"I'd rather be a starving artist" Possibly my favorite tee from Love Nail Tree
“I’d rather be a starving artist” Possibly my favorite tee from Love Nail Tree

"Story can change the heart" (I 1st thought "sorry")
“Story can change the heart” (I thought this said “sorry” for some reason) [Love Nail Tree]
"I wish you could photoshop the scars off"
“I wish that I could photoshop the scars off” [Love Nail Tree tee]

Your cold shoulders
Your cold shoulders tee from Love Nail Tree
"Is this just in my head?"
“Is this just in my head?” Tee from Love Nail Tree
Who speaks french?
Who speaks french?

Lee was here. [www.lee.com]
Lee was here. [www.lee.com]
Hex showed up in an old school VW van. How hipster of them lol [www.shophex.com]
Hex showed up in an old school VW van. How hipster of them lol [www.shophex.com]
A little mirror action. [Hex www.shophex.com]
A little mirror action. [Hex www.shophex.com]

Hex www.shophex.com
Hex www.shophex.com
Nice way to display travel bags [Hex www.shophex.com]
Nice way to display travel bags [Hex www.shophex.com]
Go DJ
Go DJ
That's my DJ
That’s my DJ
It says coffee shop but all I smelled were tacos...
It says coffee shop but all I smelled were tacos…
Where chaos and peace come together [Love Nail Tree]
Where chaos and peace come together [Love Nail Tree]
Tees. Literally by the crate full.
Tees. Literally by the crate full.
Los(t) Angeles.
Los(t) Angeles.

Proof That Fútbol Is ‘A Beautiful Game’

Here’s your proof– it made it as a full exhibit at LACMA. Thanks to the free tickets, I was able to take these pics.

Kehinde Wiley 'Samuel Eto'o', 2010
Kehinde Wiley
‘Samuel Eto’o’, 2010
Andy Warhol 'Pele', 1978
Andy Warhol
‘Pele’, 1978
Hulk v Red Ranger
Nelson Leirner ‘Maracaña’, 2003 Hulk v Red Ranger–epic.
Diamonds + platinum = ballin'
Satch Hoyt, ‘Kick That’, 2006 Diamonds + platinum = ballin’

Askew One ‘Diaspora’ Exhibition At Known Gallery

I got the chance to see worldwide recognized graffiti artist, Askew One’s, first Los Angeles solo exhibition at 411 Known Gallery. ‘Diaspora’ is a collection of enamel and acrylic on plexiglass pieces exploring the dynamics of cultural, ancestral, and social identity in the greater Pacific region.

DIA24 Askew One Sereima Walu, 2014 Enamel and Acrylic on Plexiglass 48in x 48in $3,600.00
Askew One: Sereima Walu, 2014
Enamel and Acrylic on Plexiglass
48in x 48in | $3,600.00

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